Where and How is the Global Environment for Philanthropy Changing?

The Council on Foundations and many of our partners around the world are watching the changing environment for philanthropy across the globe, as the enabling environment for giving within countries and across borders is improving in some places and at the same time becoming more difficult in others. Documenting these changing regulatory, political and socio-cultural environments, the Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy released the 2018 Global Philanthropy Environment Index in mid-April. The Index measures and analyzes the incentives and barriers for philanthropy in 79 economies and 11 regions of the world.  

The report specifically explores the environment for philanthropy in five major areas:

  • Ease of operating a philanthropic organization;
  • Tax incentives;
  • Cross-border flows;
  • Political environment; and
  • Socio-cultural environment.

During this webinar, the Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy and the Council on Foundations discuss changing incentives and barriers that individuals and organizations face when donating to social causes and organizations around the world, looking at both global and regional trends, as well as diving deep into the changing philanthropic environment in three countries: Hungary, Nigeria, and Venezuela.


  • Natalie Ross, Vice President, External Relations, Council on Foundations
  • Una Osili, Professor of Economics and Associate Dean for Research and International Programs, Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthopy